Police wrap property search without finding more remains in McArthur probe

Police wrap property search without finding more remains

TORONTO — The excavation of a Toronto property where six presumed victims of an alleged serial killer were found buried in planters has concluded without unearthing any more human remains, police said Tuesday.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said police have finished digging up the backyard of the home where Bruce McArthur, 66, worked as a landscaper prior to his arrest on multiple murder charges.

McArthur is currently facing five charges of first-degree murder related to the disappearances of men who are all believed to have had ties to the LGBTQ community.

Police have so far identified only one set of remains found in planters at the home on Mallory Crescent — they belong to Andrew Kinsman, one of the men McArthur is accused of murdering — and investigators have said they expect to lay more charges in the coming days.

The excavation of the backyard on Mallory Crescent was being conducted under the guidance of a forensic anthropologist and involved borrowing radar equipment from the provincial police force.

Idsinga said police did not find any additional remains during the dig, but said investigators may “revisit the scene once the weather warms up.” Police previously had to thaw the ground hardened by weeks of bitter cold before commencing the dig.

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